Morgan Freeman On Marijuana: Criminalization Of Weed Is ‘Stupidest Law Possible’

Morgan Freeman is a long-time advocate of marijuana legalization, a point he recently reiterated in a wide-ranging interview with Newsweek.

Here’s what the “Dark Knight Rises” actor had to say on the issue:

Marijuana! Heavens, oh yeah. It’s just the stupidest law possible, given history. You don’t stop people from doing what they want to do, so forget about making it unlawful. You’re just making criminals out of people who aren’t engaged in criminal activity. And we’re spending zillions of dollars trying to fight a war we can’t win! We could make zillions, just legalize it and tax it like we do liquor. It’s stupid.

– Read the entire article at The Huffington Post.

Comments

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous on

    That’s the whole point – that the bad law is the only reason those people aren’t out of a job. Therefore, they have a vested interest in maintaing the bad law. Logic.

  2. Anonymous on

    You realize that Snapple gives 60% of all the money they earn to the war against Marijuana right ? So you talkin about the lobbyists being the only ones paying for it is just ignorant. There’s more going on than any of us know, including you.

  3. ryder on

    I agree in part. I am surprised that the tobacco companies never got behind legalization since
    the tobacco industry has lost so many customers over the past few decades. And that includes me.
    The alcohol industry might look at grass as competition to their products.
    At least in the sense of drawing away some of the dollars consumers spend on beer and
    booze, then with cannabis availability they might see themselves as taking in only 60 or even 40 per cent of those available dollars.
    Big Pharma well I guess they worry about self medicating and natural medicines like
    cannabis cutting into their more than comfortable profits.
    ryder

  4. ryder on

    I agree in part. I am surprised that the tobacco companies never got behind legalization since
    the tobacco industry has lost so many customers over the past few decades. And that includes me.
    The alcohol industry might look at grass as competition to their products.
    At least in the sense of drawing away some of the dollars consumers spend on beer and
    booze, then with cannabis availability they might see themselves as taking in only 60 or even 40 per cent of those available dollars.
    Big Pharma well I guess they worry about self medicating and natural medicines like
    cannabis cutting into their more than comfortable profits.
    ryder

  5. gutrod on

    These laws were brought into place so that white cowboys could have a reason to harass and control black & Hispanic people. There are many celebrities from both cultures in the USA but the laws don’t apply to them as they have the resources to fight charges in court if even necessary. These outdated laws are to control the masses which are mostly white people.
    Time for change is now.

  6. ryder on

    Makes sense to me. If for example you have a prison with 300 prisoners, you
    need X number of guards. If it is 600 prisoners, then 2X number of guards.
    And the same with the police, and of course the priv prison and corrections groups.
    Comment makes good sense to me. These groups are looking for so to speak their collective cash cow.

  7. Interested Observer on

    Rider,

    You’re right about numbers 1,2 and 5 winning the war on some drugs. They’re winning as long as they keep making money off it, mostly through federal funding(AKA taxpayers’ money).

    I’m not so sure about numbers 3 and 4. They’d be the ones most likely to dominate the cannabis industry if it were legalized, along with tobacco companies. Their campaign contributions are mostly about greasing the wheels of politics so they don’t get hammered by taxes, which would eat into their profits. That’s all businesses care about: the bottom line (profits).

  8. Anonymous on

    NOT LOGICAL YOUR ARGUMENT IS NOT LOGIcaL WHAT SO EVER

  9. Anonymous on

    Wow you make no sence at all , those jobs are obviously useless if they are only there becasue of a bad law.

  10. Anonymous on

    GO TO HIGHTIMES.COM AND READ ALL THE POSTS ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE

  11. Rider on

    The war on drugs is not a failure at all, most people just don’t understand it’s purpose. It has nothing to to do with stopping drug use. In fact, it depends on it! The only people who spend money on the drug war are tax payers and lobbyists. There are a great many who profit from the war on drugs who would not do so if it were legal. The government makes huge money from lobbyists who pay them to keep the drug war going. The top five are:

    1 Police Unions
    2 Private Prison Corporations
    3 Alcohol and Beer Companies
    4 Pharmaceutical Corporations
    5 Prison Guard Unions

    The government has a lot more to lose than gain from ending the drug war.